Alan, please.....have Zacc do a little research and write a piece on these brokers (such as DroneBase) rather than "news" that's viewed through rose colored glasses. Start with FB group "DroneBase Lovers and Haters". The business models of these brokers are NOT good for this industry. It's a "race to the bottom".
Martin (Marty) Lachance
Founder/owner of UAV Imaging Services, LLC
First FAA authorized operator in upstate NY, section 333
First FAA sUAS "FAASTeam" Rep
Manned aircraft pilot since 1998
Manned aircraft mechanic, specializing in avionics
sUAS Instructor for Rochester Air Center
Example: My last comment with FB "DroneBase Lovers & Haters"
Martin Lachance I believe they removed me from their pilot list after a phone conversation in which I said that I felt the pay-outs were insulting. I understand they were upset when I didn’t "accept", and then "declined" when they called me. There was a sense urgency with this mission and I guess no one else could accept it. I’m not one to be under compensated for a mapping mission over an active business with foot traffic and moving vehicles. It’s such a difficult environment to control. I’ve enlisted with several of these “brokers” and it’s relatively the same.......they want it dirt cheap. IMO, it’s not a sustainable business model. At least not at these prices. Unless you live in your parent’s basement, don’t have insurance, and fly with 3 year old platforms that you can buy for $500. It was good experience in the beginning when showing a profit was not top priority. But crash a $1,500 bird just once, and the mindset changes. Is the risk worth the pay-out? If you haven’t crashed yet, you haven’t flown that much